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Wholesalers

“The pandemic was the best thing to happen to travel”: Bruce Poon Tip talks opportunity on the other side of COVID

by Ali Coulton

We thought we were going to have to hold back an angry mob during the Canadian entrepreneur’s talk at Travel DAZE yesterday, but, luckily, he managed to make his point relatively unscathed.

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Aviation

Virgin Australia bondholders urged to sign up for class action

For those unfamiliar with financial lingo, a bondholder is someone that owns a bond distributed by a company, not a fanatic James Bond fan.

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Aviation

Qantas posts fourth consecutive half yearly loss in 1HFY22 report

The flying kangaroo has copped another blow in its half yearly report, meaning the airline has nowhere else to go but up (haha… sorry).

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Aviation

Alan Joyce compares WA to North Korea while QantasLink boss stokes feud with “cockatoo airline”

Qantas is giving the pot a vigorous stir this week, comparing Western Australia with one of the world’s most repressive dictatorships and accusing its competition of “squawking”.

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Cruise

Swan Hellenic cruise ship helps rescue researchers in Antarctica

The British cruise company has ventured into the rescue game with this heroic act and rumour has it they’re now considering hiring the team that saved the Thai boys soccer team in 2018.

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News

Britain scraps all COVID travel tests for UK entry

Travellers to the UK will no longer be greeted with a PCR test shoved up their nose, just the usual array of commotion and disarray that we all miss about travelling.

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Hotels

Marketing team cleaning rooms, HR clearing tables as Omicron strips QLD hotel workforce

Gold Coast baristas are experiencing quite a bit of schadenfreude at the sight of an HR worker trying to whip up a flat white when they’ve clearly forgotten what type of milk the customer requested.

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Tourism

Tasmania reopens to the world after being shut for nearly two years

Tassie are throwing open their border to COVID-19 hotspots just in time for the holiday season and to nab the 5th Ashes game.

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Tourism

“We will live with COVID – but on our terms”: Queensland border opens as WA tightens restrictions

Palaszczuk has flung open QLD’s domestic border, meaning travellers from Victoria and NSW can finally visit the Big Pineapple for the first time in five months.

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Hotels

News

Sydney backpackers goes into lockdown as fears of Christmas border closures grow

Another backpackers hostel has gone into lockdown as NSW case numbers grow, much to the dismay of those hoping to travel over the Christmas period.

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Destinations

Qld closes border to NSW, WA reinstates hard border with SA, trans-Tasman bubble suspended, and Victoria calls for “ring of steel” around Sydney

Yes, we got a bit carried away with the headline, but there has been A LOT going in in the last 24 hours that you all should be fully aware of.

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Destinations

WA and Queensland announce lockdowns, as the NT extends its own by 72 hours

by Huntley Mitchell

There’s been another round of tough travel restrictions dealt out across Australia. Get up to speed on what’s changed here.

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